There may not be a WWE without Vince McMahon. His father, Vince McMahon Sr., was a pioneer in the professional wrestling industry, but his son was the one to make it mainstream. He inadvertently destroyed the territories and made World Wrestling Entertainment the place to be and the top pro-wrestling industry. Vince changed his father’s company from pro wrestling to sports entertainment, and he never went back.
The WWE in 2016 is a lot different than the one in 1993 when Monday Night Raw first hit the TV screen. Along with WrestleMania, WWE Raw changed the landscape of professional wrestling and sports entertainment. Both of them were Vince McMahon’s ideas. He was the one to build up Hulk Hogan, the Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold Steve Austin, the Rock, Mankind, Triple H, Kane, John Cena, and many more.
While the WWE continues to change on a yearly basis, there is one thing that won’t change: Vince McMahon won’t ever retire, according to WWE legend, Pat Patterson.
“No, I don’t think so. Everybody makes mistakes one time or another. We all do stupid things at one time or another. We have to be smart… when you’re young you don’t know anything. I think he’ll be alright.”
That being said, McMahon’s workload at live shows has diminished throughout the last five years. He used to be at every show, but that just isn’t feasible anymore given his other duties as the CEO. However, something unusual took place within the last two weeks. According to the WON and Daily Wrestling News, Vince McMahon has missed several WWE live shows in the last few weeks.
“He’s also not scheduled to be at TV next week for the go-home shows but will be at SummerSlam in Brooklyn on August 21st.
“While he has been away, Vince was still in communication with everyone and was on the phone during the production meetings for the last two weeks. This should come as no surprise but Vince was still micro-managing every single detail of RAW and SmackDown all day long before they went live.”
The report goes on to say that Vince McMahon also missed the June 20 episode of Monday Night Raw and the June 21 taping of SmackDown Live. It’s not like the CEO to miss that many shows in succession. As it is stated above, he was in constant communication with the producers and executives on the road. In the above statement about changes taking place, another one is slowly going on behind the scenes.
Triple H is slowly taking over where Vince McMahon will leave off and the process has taken years, but McMahon’s job isn’t a walk in the park. HHH is proving himself with WWE NXT, where he is that brand’s McMahon figurehead. As soon as Triple H leaves WWE NXT, expect him to take on an even bigger role in the WWE.
McMahon’s contributions to the WWE are nearly endless. What he has able to put together on every night of the week is incomparable. Now, with the WWE Network, the company is evolving into things nobody could have foreseen. There is now wrestling available at all times in the WWE, which was never possible until the Network came out over two years ago.
Where can the company possible go from here? Well, Dean Ambrose revealed on the Stone Cold Podcast that he is McMahon’s favorite wrestler. Not many WWE fans thought that would ever happen. Normally, McMahon likes the bigger, company-first guys like Cena. With the WWE Draft and the New Era being a consistent success, perhaps McMahon still knows what is best for business.
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